University of Maryland Death Penalty (DP) Corpus

University of Maryland Death Penalty (DP) Corpus

Compiled by: Stephan Greene
Contact: Philip Resnik (

The Death Penalty Corpus is a collection of material from Web sites that express views for and against the death penalty. It was compiled by Stephan Greene as part of his doctoral dissertation, where full details can be found in Section 3.3 and Appendix 5:

Greene, Stephan C. (2007). Spin: Lexical Semantics, Transitivity, and the Identification of Implicit Sentiment. Doctoral Thesis, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. UMI Order Number: AAI3277427, ISBN 978-0-549-16038-0.
Key elements of that work are reported more briefly in:
Greene, Stephan and Philip Resnik, "More than Words: Syntactic Packaging and Implicit Sentiment", Proceedings of Human Language Technologies: The 2009 Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics June, 2009, Boulder, Colorado, pp. 503-511. Association for Computational Linguistics},

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